About Milwaukee


In order to create a bright future for our city and its children, Milwaukee faces both opportunities and challenges. Despite anchoring a largely middle-class state, Milwaukee is currently the fourth poorest city in the country. It is also Wisconsin's only community with a majority of African American, Latino, and Asian American residents. 

While Milwaukee is a city built on decades of hard work and a desire for true equity, its long history of experiments in education reform has largely failed its students. Over 127,000 students attend schools in three separate systems—public, charter, and choice—yet despite this proliferation of alternatives, none has lead to consistently high levels of achievement. Only 46 percent of the Milwaukee kids who enter the public school system will graduate from high school, and of those who do, less than 20 percent are truly prepared for college.

When Teach For America joined the movement in Milwaukee in 2009, it joined a community determined to change the status quo. Organizations like Pearls For Teen Girls, Schools That Can Milwaukee, PAVE, Public Allies, Common Ground, Boys & Girls Club, and many others work toward a community-wide vision for Milwaukee. They continue to prove that collective efforts will provide our students with the education they deserve.

Teach For America's role in this city is simple—to provide excellent leaders to our community, in our schools, in classrooms, and beyond. Milwaukee students and parents are calling for committed individuals to help shape a better future for the community, and we are humbled and committed to help answer that call.


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Top Stories

Inside TFA
By The TFA Editorial Team
February 1, 2018
This Black History Month, we’re acknowledging Black leaders in the Teach For America network who are stepping up to expand opportunities for students in our highest-need communities.
One Day
By Leah Fabel
October 11, 2017
The city’s complicated, deep-rooted issues will not easily be solved. For these locals, that makes the challenge even more worth the taking.
One Day
By Paula Ann Solis
August 22, 2017
A free horse camp teaches equestrian techniques and life skills to city students
Students & Communities
By Terrance Sims Jr.
February 24, 2017
Terrance Sims Jr. (Milwaukee '15), whose fourth graders' Black History Month project has been trending nationwide, shares why representation is key.
Students & Communities
By The TFA Editorial Team
May 27, 2016
In honor of #ProofPointDay, we caught up with Terrance Sims (Milwaukee ’15), who is using his experience as the first in his family to graduate from college to prepare students from his hometown for what lies ahead.
Students & Communities
By Joey Gallagher
July 8, 2015
Joey Gallagher's (Milwaukee '14) ninth-grade students were reintegrated from his self-contained behavior unit into general education classrooms at his school—and they are surprising their critics.
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
May 4, 2015

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